Recall Roundup: Pontiac and Takata, Cadillac's Brakes, Two from Ferrari, and Two from Ford

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Ferrari has issued not one, but two recalls for its LaFerrari hypercar, both of which affect all 85 units within the United States. The first recall involves a flouting of federal standards in regards to seat construction; the standard Lear L32 passenger seat (which is also available as a driver's seat for portlier pilots) has a headrest that does not conform to federal standards regarding energy absorption. The fix is a simple replacement of that headrest.

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Recall Roundup: Mazda and Takata, and Brake Issues for Both GM and FCA

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

General Motors has issued a recall covering approximately 15,000 midsize examples of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. According to the automaker, the issue lies within the brake system; the front brake calipers on these trucks might leak brake fluid. Low brake-fluid levels can result in poor stopping, which could reasonably result in an accident. GM has asked dealers to inspect the front calipers and replace them if need be.

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Recall Roundup: Porsche Wiring Harnesses, Ford Power Steering and Unwanted Heat

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Porsche is recalling every single one of its 918 Spyder hypercars, 223 of which are in the United States. According to the automaker, a carbon-fiber piece might damage the radiator fan's wiring harness. The fix involves moving the wiring harness to a safer location; including inspections, the fix should take about half a day per car.

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Recall Roundup: Honda and Toyota Expand Takata Recall, Fiat's Cruise Control, Acura's Brakes

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

In a move that very nearly mirrors Honda, Toyota has also expanded its passenger-side Takata inflator recall by about 1.4 million cars. That brings the grand total of recalled Toyota vehicles up to 2.9 million, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Notifications will head to owners the good old-fashioned way - the United States Postal Service.

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Recall Roundup: GM and Subaru Expand Takata Recalls, and Sprinter Oil Leaks

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall affecting 1,335 examples of the 2015 Sprinter 2500 and Sprinter 3500 full-size cargo vans. According to the automaker, a faulty timing-chain-tensioner gasket might allow oil to leak through. If that oil falls onto a properly hot surface, well, you've got a fire in the makin'. Fire, last we checked, is not listed as a feature on any Sprinter model.

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No, You Shouldn't Be Buying Brand New Cars for Your Freshly-Licensed Children

There's more to it than just trying to keep your little ones safe.

Recently, I came across an article on Forbes' website, written by Joann Muller. It was called, "Why You Really Should Buy Your Teenager a New Car." Aside from the fact that I prefer the grammar-be-damned should really to really should, something else about the article stuck with me. Namely, the story posits that you absolutely must buy your child a new car. To that, I say no. Hell no.

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